CHFL stresses it will resist moves to split the league

UNITED: The Central Highlands Football League board is keen to fight for its wish to keep the competition from being split. Beaufort's Tom Stapleton is pictured in the 2017 senior grand final.
UNITED: The Central Highlands Football League board is keen to fight for its wish to keep the competition from being split. Beaufort's Tom Stapleton is pictured in the 2017 senior grand final.

Central Highlands Football League board members have met with representatives of the AFL Goldfields Commission as discussions regarding the region-wide competition review continue.

CHFL president Eddy Comelli said his board reiterated its stance of not wanting to split the league, which has been flagged by AFL Goldfields under its early recommendations.

Comelli was matter of fact about the situation at hand.

“We don’t want to split the league and we will resist if they (AFL Goldfields) try and go down that path,” he said.

AFL Goldfields general manager Rod Ward said it was a good meeting on Monday night.

“It was a great opportunity for the Central Highlands Football League to put forward their views on what they felt was the views of their clubs and concerns about where this may be heading,” Ward said.

“They are passionate about keeping the league in one piece, but they understand, obviously, that the Commission has regional responsibilities and has responsibilities to look at the sustainability of all clubs across the region.

“And we also equally respect the fact that they are equally passionate about their league and their clubs.”

AFL Goldfields recently revealed two options to split the league – one based on location and another on competitiveness. The idea involves bringing Maryborough Castlemaine District league club Lexton across and could also include Ballarat league side Sebastopol.

Under its widespread review of football and netball, AFL Goldfields has asked the clubs and leagues impacted to provide feedback on a preferred option. That feedback was due by last Friday.

“We have a number of clubs that have already done that and we are awaiting on responses from a number of clubs as well,” Ward said.

AFL Goldfields’ senior competition review working party met on Monday this week to prepare its final recommendations, which are expected by November 30.